Fisheries play a crucial role in Africa, particularly for coastal populations that rely on the sector for food security and income. According to the World Bank, fisheries and aquaculture directly contribute $24 billion to the African economy, and due to a growing population and per capita income, demand for fish is expected to increase by 30 percent by 2030. This makes effective fisheries management all the more important. But due to limitations in monitoring, control and surveillance, African nations often face challenges that divert resources away from the fishery sector, which can lead to the proliferation of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Global Fishing Watch is working with various governments and nongovernmental organizations to harness transparency towards better fisheries management.
Through analyses and fisheries intelligence reports, we are enhancing existing monitoring and surveillance efforts and allowing enforcement authorities to achieve greater maritime domain awareness. Research partnerships and capacity building programs are also facilitating discussions that help surface the most pertinent needs when it comes to improving monitoring and control in some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. We are working to strengthen our relationships in the region and assist governments that are interested in joining our transparency program to make their data publicly available and help inform better management decisions.
Global Fishing Watch welcomes partnership with Benin to combat illegal fishing
Collaboration on open data and technology to bolster maritime surveillance in West Africa A new partnership agreement between Benin and Global Fishing Watch aims to strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing activities within the
African Nations to Use New Technology in Tightening Port Controls, Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Data
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New Map Revolutionizes Ocean Monitoring and Analysis
To better visualize activity at sea, Global Fishing Watch engineers new technology to power updated map Despite its overwhelming benefits and the value it brings to all life on Earth, the ocean remains one of
Transshipment Portal Shows Carrier Vessels Loitering in Waters off West Africa
Tracking refrigerated cargo ships, commonly called reefers, can help address illegal fishing in the Gulf of Guinea Transshipment, or the transfer of fish from one vessel to another, is a vital part of the global